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The way to resolve the contradiction may have to involve not just the identification of the aura, but also of its proponents. Like everything else, an aura is an understanding of its own period. In our times, who defines something as auratic? Who gains from it being declared so? Does globalization really promote a mass culture? Is mass culture really about complying to the corporate monopolists? Or is the mass culture really about overthrowing the sweatshop markets? Maybe the need is to reclaim the mass culture. A mass culture where the uniqueness of a design is celebrated, without enforcing a distance that prevents access to it.